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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Engagement Workshops

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Innovate UK and the Research Councils are currently in the process of defining the challenges to be addressed by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and are preparing to move into a system engagement phase to gather insights and input from indsutry and the research base. To gather input from industry and the research base, the […]

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Pushing boundaries

As the population increases so does the need for more food. The resources needed to support the agricultural sector such as land, water and energy aren’t enough to meet demand so we need to look at the plants and animals themselves. Breeding programmes which selectively target advantageous traits can increase the efficiency and sustainability of plants […]

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NIB welcomes positive outcome for UK science in Spending Review

The National Institutes of Bioscience welcome the Government’s commitment to prioritise investment in the future of UK science.  In his Comprehensive Spending Review, the Chancellor announced the protection in real terms of the £4.7 billion budget for science resources. The National Institutes of Bioscience also welcome the creation of the £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund, […]

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UK National Institutes of Bioscience Socio-Economic Impact 2010-2014

Ahead of the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of November, the National Institutes of Bioscience provide evidence of the benefits of bioscience research to the UK economy and society over the past 5 years. The recently published collective impact brochure highlights why increased and sustained investment in science is required to maintain […]

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Closing the skills gap in bioinformatics

World-class bioscience is critically dependent on new computational technologies, methodologies and resources. Bridging the gap between biologists and computational researchers is key to maximising the value of their data. Vicky Schneider, Head of the 361° Division at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) leads the management and implementation of bioinformatics training courses that promote best practice […]

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Ban of GM crops will affect the future competitiveness and productivity of Scotland

The National Institutes of Biosciences sign an open letter to the Scottish Government released by Sense About Science highlighting the risks that the ban on GM crops will pose to innovation, sustainable agriculture and food security. Far from preserving Scotland’s pristine reputation, the decision to ban GM crops places “a millstone around the neck of […]

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Bronze tomatoes and SalmoNet: Meet the NIB 2015 Conference Poster Winners

In this feature we catch up with the winners of the NIB conference prizes this year, courtesy of the Royal Society of Biology. Dr Eugenio Butelli (John Innes Centre) and Dr Aline Metris (Institute of Food Research) tell us a bit about their exciting projects and future plans. Dr Butelli is a plant molecular biologist […]

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UK National Institutes of Bioscience 2015 conference

Researchers from member Institutes and other research organisations gathered at Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise on the 15-16 June to share the latest advances in plant and animal health. The impact of their work is driving the UK’s bioeconomy and adressing global challenges. Photos: Rothamsted Research © 2015. Follow the NIB launch event and conference […]

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Official launch of the UK National Institutes of Bioscience partnership

George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences officially launches the National Institutes of Bioscience partnership at the conference “Healthy Lives in a Sustainable Future” taking place at Rothamsted Research on the 15th-16th June. This meeting gathers leading scientists from the eight Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Bioscience (NIB) and from other renowned national and […]

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The UK’s National Institutes of Bioscience advocate rational development of plant and animal breeding regulation in the EU

In a Correspondence piece published in Nature (Nature 521, 423, 28 May 2015) the National Institutes of Bioscience endorse the Editorial piece published on the 8th April: http://www.nature.com/news/seeds-of-change-1.17267 . Prof David Hume, Chair of the National Institutes of Bioscience, draws attention to the position statement issued by the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council […]

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